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Roster age, not surprisingly, shrinks

Posted by Darren Urban on May 3, 2013 – 3:25 pm

It didn’t take long before Bruce Arians made it known he was going to be comfortable playing young players after doing it last season in Indianapolis. Then, as March played out, the Cardinals either didn’t bring back older players who were free agents and released others who were on the wrong side of 30. Now, with the offseason roster nearly set, the numbers emphasize just how much younger General Manager Steve Keim has made his team.

The team’s 53-man roster by the end of last season — and that means younger players were on it in place of IR’d vets like Levi Brown, Kevin Kolb and Lyle Sendlein — had an average age of 29.7 years. The Cardinals’ current extended offseason roster (subtracting the 16 long-shot undrafted rookies who would obviously bring down the average age by their sheer numbers) features an average age of 25.8 years.

The Cards had 12 players 30 and older on their final 53. As of today, they have eight: Carson Palmer (33), Yeremiah Bell (35, pictured below), Daryn Colledge (31), Darnell Dockett (31), Jeff King (30), Jay Feely (36), Mike Leach (36) and Dave Zastudil (34). Take out those three specialists and the Cardinals’ current average age is 25.4.

The age could rise depending on how the roster is shaped going into the season, because of those 30-year-olds, I don’t right now see any of them being let go. But while Keim’s overhaul was in part about clearing salary cap room this offseason, it was also about an infusion of youth after a Ken Whisenhunt era that relied heavily on veterans.

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19 Responses to “Roster age, not surprisingly, shrinks”

  1. By Eric G on May 3, 2013 | Reply

    He’s doing something different than Whiz. I’m sold.

  2. By Itsallinthecards on May 3, 2013 | Reply

    I read in several places that the male body hits it’s peak physically at age 27 then there’s about 3 years before it’s starts to head downhill. Football is definitely a young man’s game at most positions.

    Darren, I read in several places including NFL.com that the Cards signed Matt Summers-Gavin, a highly ranked OL prospect. Is that true?

    Go Cards

  3. By Darren Urban on May 3, 2013 | Reply

    Itsall —

    RE: Players

    The roster is right here: http://www.azcardinals.com/team/roster.html

  4. By sbrown on May 3, 2013 | Reply

    Darren, I think you posted roster is now at 88 players. Cards can take 90 to camp so they have a couple of spots to play with now.Maybe a older player or a June 1st cut might get picked up. Could go with another OL, or Cards might be forced to go with a ILB due to D. Wash issues.

  5. By djjackson81 on May 3, 2013 | Reply

    Is that the 53 ?

  6. By joe holst on May 3, 2013 | Reply

    lets bring over his ex-colt friend dwight freeney and his 10 sacks.

  7. By Credit Card on May 3, 2013 | Reply

    I wish I didn’t read that post by Its’ all in the cards. Yikes — I’ve been on the downside for a looooooooooooooong time.

  8. By infitzwetrust on May 3, 2013 | Reply

    Hey Darren, did you hear about the Quinton groves sting?

  9. By Eazy E on May 4, 2013 | Reply

    You need a mix of rooks and vets so I hope he ain’t just looking for everybody to be 22 or under. Who wouldn’t love for everybody to be super young but you still have to have guys that have been there done that too. They can be 35, 40 years old or whatever, as long as they are contributing and playing well is all that matters.

  10. By Darren Urban on May 4, 2013 | Reply

    sbrown–

    RE: Roster

    Yes, two spots. Plus it is easy to cut a guy or two from the bottom if you want more than two.

  11. By Darren Urban on May 4, 2013 | Reply

    In Fitz —

    RE: Groves

    Yes I did.

  12. By Andy Kw on May 4, 2013 | Reply

    Hey Darren,
    Is QB Richard Bartel playing Professional Football anymore? Do you know where I can get a jersey signed by him at a cheap price?

  13. By Darren Urban on May 4, 2013 | Reply

    Andy Kw —

    RE: Bartel

    He is not on a team right now.

  14. By eric on May 5, 2013 | Reply

    interesting….sounds like they have a game plan and are sticking to it.Love what these guys are doing.

  15. By alec on May 5, 2013 | Reply

    Darren, when do the cards rookies get to practice? ive seen teams like the jags, steelers, and dolphins rookies have already started practicing. im a little confused seeing as i thought all new coaching staffs got players in early. was that just for veterans?

  16. By Darren Urban on May 5, 2013 | Reply

    Alec –

    RE: rookies

    They come in this week, and have a camp this coming weekend.

  17. By Patrick Eagan on May 5, 2013 | Reply

    whatever gets us winning. Go Cardinals!

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